At von Waldberg we offer you a ready made and welcoming community of fellow German Shepherd fans. While we each play our own roles, we work together as a team and you are welcome to reach out to each and every one of us if you need anything. Whether an owner, staff member or volunteer, we all care about these dogs and want to make sure you have the support friendship you want, Here you will learn just a little more about who we are and how we ended up a part of von Waldberg.
For nearly 50 years, Phil has been the heart and soul behind the von Waldberg German Shepherd. Starting with one dog, Phil built von Waldberg into the finest German Shepherd Kennel in the Pacific Northwest featuring top German bloodlines. In 1993 he trained and campaigned the Canadian Sieger and Siegerin. In 1995 he again trained and campaigned the Canadian Sieger.
Phil has bred and trained multiple high V placing males and females and has trained hundreds of individuals in German Shows, the sport of Schutzhund and to have their own well trained companions. He has earned multiple Von Stephanitz awards for the highest V rated Schutzhund titled German Shepherds. His training methods have been developed over 51 years and are relationship based. Phil knows the key to a well trained dog is an equally well trained owner.
In 2017, Phil retired from the day to day responsibilities and now serves as a consultant and mentor to the new generation of von Waldberg German Shepherd enthusiasts. He is actively involved in the importing and breeding of our current line and his expertise is second to none.
In his spare time, Phil is a Pastor who is enjoying retirement with his family. His compassion for people and dogs alike is what von Waldberg is built on.
Kate has known Phil and his family for over 20 years and in that time has owned 8 German Shepherds from von Waldberg. In February of 2017, she came back to von Waldberg after saying goodbye to a very special dog named Beau. While the visit was intended to pick up a puppy, a conversation started with Phil about the prospect of stepping in as the owner when he retired. After weighing the options, the decision was made and in Summer of 2017, Kate was lucky enough to have the option to turn her passion for German Shepherds into her career.
With a background in customer service and law, Kate is focused on making sure that we deliver not only incredible dogs and puppies, but an incredible experience as well. Trained by Phil, she also believes in building a relationship with your dog based on mutual respect and love.
With Phil as a mentor, the von Waldberg family was expanded. Kate and her family believe that German Shepherds are special, but that the von Waldberg dogs are exceptional. As more people have become part of the team here at von Waldberg, we have made it our mission to carry on and do justice to the legacy built by Phil and his family.
Zach is a German Shepherd Enthusiast. With a background in logistics, he and his father Frank managed all the renovations and improvements that have taken place since the summer of 2017. These include all new runs and housing for the dogs, converting the barn into in & out runs, and upgrading the boarding area and whelping room to make every space more comfortable for the dogs and puppies.
When not managing the operations of the kennel or working with customers, Zach can be found on the training field with his 1 year old Yuma. In addition to Yuma, he and Kate have 3 more females at home - Belle, Elli and Chiwa.
Trained by Phil, Zach also believes in a relationship oriented approach to training. He works with Phil with the goal of showing and titling Yuma. When not surrounded by dogs at the kennel, he can be found surrounded by research into the history of the German Shepherd and current best practices.
Bryan came to von Waldberg initially as our facility manager when he and his fiancée Sarah moved in to help maintain the property and care for the dogs. Within a short time he realized that he loved the dogs and soon became the proud dad of Nokia/Faiko puppy named Leroy (who will usually be the first to greet a visitor from the front yard of the house).
We invited Bryan to be part of our team when we realized his love for the dogs and dedication to building a community would be a great asset to us and our clients. Bryan is the first to step up when there is something that needs to be done and his commitment to ensuring every one of our puppies goes to a loving forever home makes him an ideal member of our puppy adoption team.
In addition to helping during the day, Bryan and Sarah are also responsible for checking the dogs every night to make sure everyone is tucked in and safe and sound.
Sarah became part of the von Waldberg family when she and her fiancée Bryan moved into the home at the kennel to help care for the dogs and in doing so realized her dream of living on a "dog farm." Soon after, she welcomed Leroy (a 6 month old Nokia/Faiko puppy) to their family of Bentley (a 6 year old yellow lab) and Winston (a 5 year old corgi).
While they do help with the day to day care of the dogs, Bryan and Sarah know that their main responsibility is to check the dogs every night to make sure everyone is safe and sound. Checking on the dogs and puppies each night before bedtime, Sarah is part of the reason we can sleep easy.
Working in social media, Sarah has taken the von Waldberg accounts under her wing. With the help of some of our great volunteers, Sarah is developing and building our social media presence. Sarah is an amazing part of our team and we appreciate everything she does and all the love she shows our dogs.
Yvonne found Von Waldberg when she was looking for a new member of her family. She specifically was looking for a dog that was not a puppy who needed a home. Here, she found Hazel, a lively one year old who was looking for the right family. Yvonne and Hazel were meant to be and soon the kennel became one of Yvonne's happy places. She volunteered for about eight months before we all decided she should just become part of the team officially.
Since joining the team, Yvonne has added Ursa to her home and has become a huge help in the care and happiness of our dogs. We like her, but the dogs love her. Whether she is giving them a thorough spa treatment in the tub, taking them for walks or even scooping poop, the dogs all look to "Momma Von" with a happy bark and wagging tail. We are happy to have her as part of the team!